Congressman's son arrested for DWI in school zone

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Posted on August 26, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 29 at 10:52 PM

UNIVERSITY PARK - Bradley Barton, the 41-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, and a former candidate for Congress himself, faces a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child under age 15 after being arrested in a school zone on Thursday, police said.

The incident happened outside Highland Park Middle School and McCulloch Intermediate School in the 3500 block of Granada Avenue at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The DARE police officer on campus made the arrest, according to the police report, as Barton drove a 2011 Black Infiniti QX5.

The probable cause affidavit said Barton had one of his children in the car and was trying to pick up another.

A parent driving in front of Barton alerted the campus officer to him after she said she saw him swerving and almost hit her as she got in line to pick up her child at school.

Police said the 44-year-old smelled like alcohol but refused a breath sample and field sobriety test.

 

He posted $1,500 bond and was released from jail, said University Park Police Public Information Officer Lita Snellgrove.

Barton, a Republican, ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in the 31st District during the 2002 election.

His father, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican from Ennis, has represented the Sixth Congressional District since 1985.

"This is a family matter and the Congressional office has no comment," said Sean Brown, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton.

Brad Barton does not yet have a date for a court appearance, Ofc. Snellgrove added.

Though people were seen inside Barton's home, no one came to the door when a reporter knocked on it Friday.

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